We have six new chicks (currently in our basement bathroom) to replace our 6 older laying hens in the backyard. We got the chicks when they were a day old from a local feed store back in March. This will be our 3rd group of chickens that we’ve raised and kept in the backyard for laying eggs. I’ll be writing future posts about how I manage my backyard flock, but here’s a little introduction to the new chicks on the block. (Sorry the lighting is odd, but the red glow from the heat lamp really makes it hard to get good lighting for a photo shoot)
The breeds this time around are:
Barred Rock (two) “Lucy” “Jack”
Rhode Island Red (two) “Spot” “Mr. No Name”
Gold Star/Golden Sex Link (one) “Goldie”
Red Star/Red Sex Link (one) “Debbie”
Those names in quotes are our nicknames for the chickens. In the past we haven’t named out chickens so we don’t get too attached to them, but with my young son being a active participant in raising this batch, the names just sort of happened.
His favorite by far is Goldie, the Golden Star, white bright white wing feathers. She’s the first to fly out of the brooder, and she’s super tolerant of being carried all over the place with my son. She’s the biggest of the group, and a real flyer.
My favorite is Lucy, the lighter of the two black and white speckled Barred Rocks. Also eager to fly, she’s usually the second one out of the brooder when we lift off the lid. She has some sores on her feet that I’ve been keeping an eye on. I think she’s getting pecked by the other chickens. She likes to sit on my lap.
Jack (Barred Rock) and Debbie (Red Star) are also really outgoing and love to fly around the basement bathroom. The two Rhode Island Reds, Spot and Mr. No Name, are more reserved and shy and sometimes don’t come out of the brooder without being lifted.
For now their home is a hodgepodge of cardboard boxes filled with newspaper and wood shavings. They have food, water, a heat lamp, and daily exercise playing with my son. As soon as we feel a bit more confident about the weather, we will graduate them to the garage, and then finally an outside house (separated from the big girls until much later in the summer).